We have done a bunch of work following your feedback - just look at all those status-completed tags on the different answers here!
The top suggestion was to do something about the badge visualization - we have listened and completely redesigned that piece - check out the new and improved badge visualization, on the profile page.
In the next few weeks we will preview further profile changes here on MSE - mostly to the activity page and following feedback and rework on those, the new profile page will go live to the rest of the network (6-8 weeks, give or take).
You may recall this thing - our profile page makeover prototype, the reloaded user page. We posted a prototype 6 months ago and got a lot of feedback. Since then, generations of dinosaurs were born, fell in love, had families and were eventually killed by a comet. Or climate change, or maybe texting and driving or some nonsense like that.
We picked up work again after a couple months of avoiding it (one or two of you noticed...) and started cleaning up some of the rough edges. We are looking to get this right and the change isn't urgent, so we are taking our time on it. We want to have something that is clearly better than the current page.
What is all this about again?
The user profile page was trying to address two fairly different use cases:
- What is most valuable and useful when you want to see what someone else is all about.
- What you should see when looking at your own profile.
Because it was trying to solve both problems in one place, it was decent at both, but not great at either, and it probably was overall more optimized for the "looking at my own profile" use case.
So, here's what's happening
If you go to your profile on MSE right now, you'll see it now has two tabs in the top left:
The "Profile" page is your new public profile. It's what everyone will see by default when they click your picture at the bottom of a post or find you in the users list. It should communicate what you know and what you've done.
The "Activity" page is intended to be your own personal dashboard, stuff that isn't necessarily of interest to others but that you want to see when visiting your own profile. Right now it's just the old profile page, but we'll be tackling that next and asking for feedback here on how to make it more useful.
See for example the Activity and Profile pages of BalusC - the former shows you his overall activity on the site, the latter showcases him.
Some of the things we changed based on your feedback:
User info section:
We also added a new "people helped" counter based on the views your questions and answers have gotten. This is essentially a sum of views of your questions, and answers that fall within the following criteria: accepted, have a score of 5 or more, have more than 20% of total score of all answers on a question or are within the top 3 answers by score. No deleted posts are counted.
And some other tweaks and visual updates we can't quite remember - you can see the old version here.
Unfortunately the very popular request to make the badges interactive didn't quite make it in -- but we may still come back to this later.
We are looking for your feedback before this goes out to the rest of the network - what's broken? What's missing from the new page? What needs a bit of polish?